Monthly writing sessions in Mylor Bridge

My monthly creative writing sessions generally take place in Tremayne Hall, an historic building in Mylor Bridge near Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall. These two hour sessions provide inspiration and a kick start for new writing in a friendly ‘drop in’ group. You can learn new techniques, try prose, life writing or poetry and explore themes, whatever your interests and aspirations. Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Just bring your pen and notebook for an enjoyable and creative Saturday morning.

When: the next sessions are on 25 January, 29 February, 21 March, and 25 April 2020. The timing is from 10.00am to 12 noon and the fee is £7.00 per person, which includes coffee, tea and biscuits. Find out more here.

Where: The Pope Room, Tremayne Hall, Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth TR11 5NE. There is free parking across the road from Tremayne Hall in the village car park and limited parking space outside the Hall itself.

Access: the entrance to Tremayne Hall and the Pope Room is level. There is an adapted WC for disabled users. If you have any questions about access please contact me.

Editorial services

I offer an editorial service for anyone wishing to have their writing edited, proofread or critically appraised before sending it out into the world. I can help you develop your manuscript to professional standard, and advise you on how and when to make a submission to an agent or publisher.

I can also help you find appropriate competitions and other forms of publishing to get your writing ‘out there’, whether fiction, life writing or poetry.

Please contact me for information about hourly, half day and day rates. If I’m unable to help you (for example at a busy time of year), I can recommend colleagues and put you in touch with sources of support for your writing.

Writing for health and wellbeing

I offer training for counsellors, volunteers and others working in health and social care, about the benefits of writing for self expression and well being especially in the context of bereavement support. The training can take place in groups of any size from 6 up to 20 or more in some cases. My approach is practical and participatory, with trainees writing and trying out creative techniques for themselves, whilst reflecting on their potential use with clients, and for self care and personal development.

In recent years I’ve provided training in Devon, Scarborough, Somerset, Staffordshire, and Surrey, as well as my home county, Cornwall. I’m happy to travel with a bit of advance planning.

A typical session offers:

  • an introduction to writing for well being
  • techniques to use in journal writing
  • ‘free’ writing and timed or ‘sprint’ writing
  • Using poems, pictures and objects as stimulus for writing
  • creative ways to capture experiences, remember and reflect on the page
  • guidance on ground rules, ethics and self care.

Contact me to ask about a tailored training session for your organisation, staff and volunteers; also for group work with clients including carers groups, bereavement friendship groups and hospice care for patients’ family and friends.

The Writing Retreat

I host retreats in partnership with Kath Morgan, a writing tutor and coach  based in Falmouth. Together we run fully residential weeks in Rosemerryn, close to Lamorna Cove, Bosloe, a beautiful house overlooking the Helford River next to the spectacular National Trust gardens at Glendurgan and the Old Sawmills near Fowey.

Our recent retreats have featured Time to Write, with guest author Patrick Gale as our midweek guest, Narrative Structure with guest author Jen Alexander, Life Writing with travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden, and Crafting the Short Story with Tom Vowler.

As well as morning workshops and plenty of time to write, our retreats feature one to one time with Kath and me as the resident tutors. These sessions enable you to receive detailed feedback, problem-solve and think through your writing objectives. Kath is an expert critiquer and will offer technical advice to strengthen your writing. As well as close readings and advice on form and style, I take a coaching approach that will help you:

  • identify where you are with your writing
  • decide where you would like to be
  • set manageable goals for yourself
  • spot snags and how to get round them
  • make a plan and stick to it.

My approach is to find out what you do best as a writer, what you’d like to do more of, and help you work out how to do it. Simple!

Find out more about the retreat and book a place.